As is well-known, the U.S. House represents by population, while the
Senate gives two seats per state.  If senators aimed to advance their
constituents' narrow self-interest, you would expect that *per-capita*,
low-population states would get more federal money.  After all, low-
population states have the same number of House members per capita as
anyway else (rounding aside), and far more Senators per capita.

I just came across a table showing "winner" and "donor" states,
comparing federal taxes paid by a state with federal benefits received. 
On the surface, it does seem like low-population states are
over-represented in the "winner" states, and vice versa.  

Does anyone know of more systematic evidence on this point?
-- 
                        Prof. Bryan Caplan                
       Department of Economics      George Mason University
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